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Forensic Falcons Take First at Elgin

Forensic Falcons win again! Pictured are (front row, L-R) Kenzee Dycus (Mount Vernon), Addie Mays (Mount Vernon), Jasmine Teston (Harrisburg), Tiffany Turner (Galatia), and Shainna Ralston (Eldorado). Back row, L-R: Kale Rister (Carrier Mills), Collin Sexton (Norris City), William Pugsley (Carmi), Billy Lewis (Carrier Mills), Bradley Frailey (Harrisburg), Nick Triplett (Galatia), Alex Peebels (Carrier Mills), Jacob Rice (Marion), and Tucker Murphy (Golconda).

Southeastern Illinois College’s Forensic Falcons were named tournament champions at this weekend’s Gail Shadwell Invitational Tournament in Elgin, Illinois. The team advanced 29 out of 35 events to tournament final rounds to secure the top team prize. The Falcons also brought home individual championships in after dinner speaking, communication analysis, program oral interpretation, and persuasion.

The Falcons also earned the Quality Sweepstakes, which is determined by calculating the total number of team sweeps points divided by the number of events entered at the tournament. The Quality Sweepstakes award reflects consistent excellence across the entire team.

Dr. Tyler Billman, a coach for the Falcons, explains, “The students pushed themselves to put together a large entry, and as the results show, our quality was also in top form.”

Sophomore Tucker Murphy agrees. “We worked hard as a team before and during the tournament, and it paid off,” he explains. “We couldn’t have done it without the amazing support of our coaches and each other.”

The team will compete next at the College of DuPage Jan. 16-18 in Glenn Ellyn, Illinois. Each tournament serves as preparation for the 2020 Phi Rho Pi National Tournament in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The team is coached by Jenny Billman, Dr. Tyler Billman, and Paul Cummins.

Individual results from the tournament are as follows.

Tucker Murphy (Golconda): 1st after dinner speaking, 2nd program oral interpretation, 2nd communication analysis, 2nd individual sweepstakes

Addie Mays (Mount Vernon): 1st communication analysis, 2nd prose interpretation

Bradley Frailey (Harrisburg): 1st program oral interpretation, 2nd after dinner speaking

Kenzee Dycus (Mount Vernon): 1st persuasion, 4th informative speaking

Shainna Ralston (Eldorado): 2rd persuasion, 2nd dramatic interpretation

Jacob Rice (Marion): 2nd impromptu speaking, 7th extemporaneous speaking

Billy Lewis (Carrier Mills): 3rd duo interpretation (with partner Kale Rister), 3rd poetry interpretation, 5th prose interpretation, 6thdramatic interpretation

Jasmine Teston (Harrisburg): 3nd communication analysis, 3rd prose interpretation, 3rd dramatic interpretation

Nick Triplett (Galatia): 3rd informative speaking, 4th impromptu speaking, 4th extemporaneous speaking

Kale Rister (Carrier Mills): 3rd duo interpretation (with Lewis), 4th dramatic interpretation

William Pugsley (Carmi): 3rd impromptu speaking

Alex Peebels (Carrier Mills): 5th after dinner speaking

Tiffany Turner (Galatia): 6th prose interpretation, 6th poetry interpretation

Collin Sexton (Norris City): 6th extemporaneous speaking